Houston >Food & Dining > Zimm's Martini & Wine Bar
4321 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX | Directions 7700629.733462 -95.390980
Neighborhoods: Neartown/ Montrose, Central
First (AND LAST!) time at Zimm's: by their own admission, "You can go and find something MUCH more fun to do."
You know those hip, exclusive clubs with long lines, a guest list, and a hostess stationed outside to judge who looks cool enough to enter? Zimm's is not one of those places, except maybe in the imagination of the person (maybe the owner?) who insulted my friends and inspired this review.
Zimm's appears to be an open lounge, but we weren't sure what "appropriate dress" meant, as several patrons were wearing costumes. I went in to ask. A friendly staff member said "no flip flops, no hats... you look fine." I went out to bring my friends in, but we were halted by a very unpleasant middle-aged woman. She gestured with disgust at my friends' modest casual attire, insinuated that we might be tolerated on a weeknight, and said maybe we might be allowed to sit outside and have a drink on the condition that afterward we'd "move on and find somewhere much more fun. You don't want to be in there," she told us, "those people really aren't having much fun at all."
I'm not upset that we couldn't get into Zimm's, but the confusion and rudeness we experienced there was regrettable. My group consisted of 5 graduate students, all smart and worldly enough to understand this much: (1) private parties are private, (2) dress codes vary, and (3) money is better spent at CatBirds!
zimm's is a terrible place – This review is for Zimm's martini bar and Zimm's Little Deck, which is down the street on Richmond and Jack St.
The martini bar's bartenders drink and get drunk on the bar. I've been in there 3 times with friends and seen them doing shots. They get sloppy and always wind up hitting on us. We don't go back.
Zimm's Little Deck has not courtesy for their neighbors- they put speakers up right next to residential houses and blast their music all the time-even when they don't have customers outside.
Good music, great drinks, hip vibe and open space – Zimms is my favorite place to relax on a week night with some friends and have a glass (or two). The staff is friendly and I love the atmosphere. Great neighborhood bar!
TRIPLE A: AWESOME Ambiance and Atmosphere – I met some friends here on Tuesday, Nov. 30 to do some mail outs. We were promptly greeted when we sat down and enjoyed the tasty spirits that were prepared for us!
Great spot for a date night or meet and greet. Nice music, nice artwork, an overall nice experience. Will definitely be back! Drinks are a lil pricey but with great service, I don't mind paying at all.
Fun Place – This is a good place to go if you're looking for a low key, yet hip place. The drinks are great and so is the service!
Great Place! – I had the most amazing time at this very chic establishment. Drinks are strong, service even better, I went this Saturday night with three guy friends and we had a blast. Great music and artwork too! I am not sure what this person is talking about below but I had a great time and was treated very fairly. I too am a non-caucasian customer and this was not an issue for me and I didn't even bring any girls!
The Most Racist Bar In Houston – The management is rude . No matter how much you spend there if you are not caucasian you don’t matter. Even the Hispanic hired help is racist to non-caucasian people. What’s ironic about it all is that they are good enough to bus dirty dishes, but not good enough to bar tend or be servers.
I arrived there at 7pm with my wife and a friend on a Saturday. We together ordered 6 martini’s over an hour and a half and then decided to move to a table outside. We sat there for about an hour or so and my wife kept drinking. I decided to order one more and was thinking about my drive home and wanted to make sure I was sober enough to safely get back. After I finished my drink I only ordered water for about two hours, my wife ordered one more drink at some point. The “BUS BOY” came up to me and asked if we were going to order anything else, if not he said other people were waiting to sit down (white people), and asked us to leave. I was furious I told him that I spent $100 so far on drinks and that he had no right to come up to me and say what he said and told him to leave my table. I went to the bar and expressed my outrage, then told the bartender I wanted my check and I was not tipping and paid with my credit card.
When the waitress brought me my check I noticed that they added gratuity. I went back inside and told the bar tender that I was not going to pay gratuity and asked him to take it off he wouldn’t, then I went to talk to the manager. I explained what happened to the manager afterward I asked him what he thought about what happened. He said that there was nothing he could do and that if I had of come to him sooner he would have looked into it.
Outraged at his response and lack of concern, I told him that I was not paying the gratuity, it was my choice to tip and I was not happy with the treatment I received. I also asked him to show me where it said that gratuity would be added in the menu and told him that I was never informed that it was going to be added. He couldn’t answer my questions, and brought me a menu which mentioned nothing about gratuity. He then went behind the bar and grabbed a three ring binder and flipped through a few pages and found something that mentioned gratuity. I then explained to him that I was not shown this binder and was never verbally informed prior to ordering. He never offered any type of apology and said that I could leave with the receipt and not sign it.
We were disputing a $15.00 charge, with good service I usually tip over 20%. I paid with my American Express and informed him that I would be disputing the unauthorized charge (American Express will stand behind the consumer UNTIL the CONSUMER is HAPPY). He said that was my right, unsatisfied I called the police to file a report for my case. When the police arrived I explained what happened and they then went to talk to the manager. He was unwilling to be cooperative and still refused to take gratuity off even after I offered to pay the bill in cash without the gratuity to settle things and have the charge reversed on my card. He still refused, this makes no sense to me.
He was successful in loosing non-caucasian customers, I will never go back there. In fact, I will tell others I know not to support their bar. It is a sad that some customers mean absolutely nothing to this bar. I wonder if the owner is aware of this? I will make another post with the outcome of all of this nonsense.
Glam and Chill – My wife and I came here on our first date. 8 Years later, it's still our favorite. We try to come here every time we visit Houston, and it's always a treat. The atmosphere is great, with mood lighting and neat little converstion nooks. Plus, there's always cool art on the wall.
The variety of martinis is great. My wife loves the apple and chocolate, but I'm too manly to admit that they're also my favorites :)
Finally, and most importantly, the staff is always friendly and helpful.
one small thing can ruin the whole experience – What is the deal with forcing people to valet when there are almost no cars in their parking lot?? I got there at 6pm on a weekend night and was forced to pay $5 to valet when there must have been 10 open parking spots and the bar was virtually empty. I can see why you'd have valet service later in the evening when the place fills up and parking is scarce, but forcing people to valet at 6:00 when the place is empty?? Give me a break. Next time I'll go to Benjy's.
Respect for customers...what a concept! – I've been in Houston for a long time and pretty much been to most hotspots but I can't believe I never checked this place out. Usually when I go to a yuppie/upscale bar, I expect the D-Bag bouncer, fake line at the door, attitude, etc. With Zimm's, the Door guy actually said "Welcome to Zimm's, enjoy your evening". I was shocked! A popular place that actually wants business! Their chocolate Martini's were awsome and very strong (hey straight guys can drink them too), but I think they were $12 each. When we left, we were even told "thank you for coming". It's a simple concept but believe me I will come there again. Who needs Washington?
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